The purpose of this assignment is to reflect more fully on the meaning of
the summer reading book and convocation speech or the
TAKING SIDES reading and librarian demonstration on research related
to Is It Ethically Permissible to Clone Human Cells?.
Choose one of these topics.
Convocation and the Summer Reading Book
Convocation is a day of celebration for the academy - it is the official
opening of the school year. This is a moment when the
campus and larger Boone community come together to reflect on the
purpose and goals of Appalachian State University. This occasion
recognizes outstanding achievement and focuses on ideas important to
our entire community. The Convocation speaker is usually the author
of the Summer Reading novel. Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have
been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian. By
participating in the Summer Reading Program, students establish a common
experience with other new students that will help develop a sense of
community with their new environment and introduce them to a part of
the academic life they are beginning at Appalachian.
By participating in the Summer Reading Program, new students will enter Appalachian with at least one intellectual experience in common. Comparing ideas about the book will be one way for new students to begin conversations with other new students and to establish a common academic community. The reading and discussions will actively engage students in their first academic activity of their university career. In addition, this experience will reinforce communication skills and serve to remind students of how strongly Appalachian values the intellectual and academic development of its students. By completing the reading, students will be prepared for assignments they may have in one or more of their fall classes.
The novel is chosen as a book that
students will read without direction and guidance, a good book
for multi-disciplinary discussion, a well-written book with important themes
and issues that is approximately 300 pages, and an author that will
capture students' attention and is available to come to campus and engage
with readers at several events, including convocation.
TAKING SIDES Top Choice Reading and Library Research
TAKING SIDES: Clashing Views in Science, Technology, and Society is
described as a book that "presents
current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate
student interest and develop critical thinking skills."
The class voted on the issues and our top choice
Is It Ethically Permissible to Clone Human Cells? After
reflecting on and discussing
the pro and con positions, the facts and opinions, the credibility
of the authors and
Martha Cutler introduced us to library research.
There are many benefits of using the Belk library for research. The library
a wide range of reference materials and online access to scholarly databases,
librarians who are happy to help, computers, private rooms, and the
Atrium and Wired Scholar Cyber Cafe. The library describes
its mission as
Martha Cutler helping out a student in the old Belk Library.
Choose one of the above topics.
How can this experience and the lessons learned be useful to us in trying
to succeed in college? You can use the issues above as well as
our class discussions about connections to science and mathematics to help
ideas or you may think of your own benefits and applications. Do not
simply summarize what happened in the book and at convocation or
in the readings and at the library.
Instead, apply the lessons learned to your success in college. In addition,
be sure to reference specific page numbers and to also reference
specific events at
either convocation or the library (depending on your choice of topics).
The paper should be an in depth exploration and it should flow well.
the writing center.
I suggest a length of 2-3 pages, single-spaced (use single spacing to